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Thursday, 31 May 1973
Page: 2933

Mr McLEAY (BOOTHBY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I address a question to the Prime Minister in his capacity of Minister for Foreign Affairs. In view of the fact that there are no free elections in Yugoslavia, does he consider that the Yugoslav Government is more representative of its Croatian majority than the Smith Rhodesian Government is representative of its African majority? Can he assure the Australian people that his Government will do all in its power to prevent activities in Australia which may assist terrorists in Yugoslavia, Rhodesia or any other country? Is he aware that a leader of the terrorist organisation responsible for the abduction and murder of 23 black Rhodesians near the Zambian border last week is in Australia seeking financial and material aid? Is his Government's welcome for this person consistent with its interrogation and persecution of alleged Croatian terrorists in Australia? Will he give me an objective reply free from both smear and sneer?

Mr SPEAKER -Order! Those last few words are quite unparliamentary.

Mr McLeay - I withdraw them, and ask for a reply.

Mr Beazley - Mr Speaker, I raise a point of order. For a long time in this Parliament the standing order relating to innuendoes in questions has not been enforced. I ask that it be enforced and that this question be ruled out of order.

Dr Forbes - Mr Speaker, I also raise a point of order. When you are giving consideration to this question will you also take into account innuendoes in answers given to questions, which are much worse than any innuendoes in questions?

Mr SPEAKER -I think I have already asked the honourable member for Boothby not to use words such as those in a question in future, because they are personal reflections.

Mr WHITLAM - The Government will not condone in any way, terrorist activities promoted or based in Australia. If the honourable gentleman has any information on any such terrorist activities being promoted by people resident in Australia or visiting Australia, I will see the information is followed up promptly.

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